David McCullough is one of the best storytellers of all time. (60 Minutes - Journey Through History) Jump up to about 30:00 to this lecture to hear about the power of education and the type of education I believe in.
I work in a Classical school. The foundation of the curriculum and the pedagogy is history told through great literature. Why do I think this is one of the best ways to learn about life is capsulated in this clip.
'This is how the world is....this is how you should behave in it.' The power of story, the power of literature.
The problem is that our culture has engaged in a Faustian bargain, in which we trade our genius and artistry for apparent stability.